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Environmental Science Topics (ENV527)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Environmental Science Topics is a flexible unit that provides first-hand experience of material at the forefront of research in environmental science and management. The current offering highlights spatial tools for assessment, modelling, and planning of biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Other topics studied have explored the environmental and social values of natural areas in city environments; managing visitor activity in protected areas; monitoring environmental integrity with indicator species; and issues that pose challenges to environmental integrity in Australia and globally.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the connections between environmental space and geographic space and how the environmental tolerances of species or environmental preferences for a human use determine the spatial distributions of these entities.
2. Plan a spatial distribution modelling (SDM) project for an entity of your choice, including identification of relevant environmental predictor variables with reference to the expected environmental associations of the entity and critical evaluation of spatial data that may be used as model inputs.
3. Prepare spatial data in a GIS, perform an SDM, and interpret the model results.
4. Communicate your SDM project in an oral presentation and a written report prepared for an audience of environmental researchers and practitioners and including high-quality maps of the results.

Timetabled Learning Activities On-campus laboratory component: 5 days; 8 hour workshops: 1 4-hour session; lectures: 1 1-hour session in week 1.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a series of workshops, practical exercises, and self-directed reading of the scientific literature to acquaint the student with specialised topics in Environmental Science. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and complete a species distribution modelling project.
Other Learning Experiences Lectures: recorded lectures available online.
Assessment The topics will vary from year to year. Assessment is via written project proposals and final reports, the presentation of project results to the class, and discussion of the scientific literature.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Marine Science or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science or Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (GradCertEnvSc)
Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Margaret Andrew
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6121
e: M.Andrew@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.3.042 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Margaret Andrew
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6121
e: M.Andrew@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.3.042 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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